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Im replacing the electrical cord on a 1500 watt 12.5 amp 120VAC,60Hz heater.Is 14 guage sufficiant?

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14 is just fine. 16 would be okay.

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14 gauge will be enough provided your breaker is a 15 amp. If 20 amp I recommend 12 gauge wire.

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